This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…
Rodri’s arrival at Bristol City this season was one born out of necessity rather than any overwhelming desire from the club to actually bring him in.
He was brought in as a free agent with a good chunk of the seaon already gone in order to fill the significant void left by summer signing Benik Afobe.
Following a freak training ground injury, the Stoke City loanee was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, leaving Lee Johnson with just Famara Diedhiou and Andreas Weimann as his only experienced marksman.
So they made a move for Rodri. Released by Granada in the summer, the former Sheffield Wednesday man was left in footballing limbo, until the Robbins came along.
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A short-term deal was offered to the Spaniard that would run until January, with the club then having the option to extend if they were impressed with what they saw.
And it is a case of so far so ok for Rodri. In two substitute appearances and one start, he has found the net once, although the strike against Luton Town was ruled out, and has looked as though he has all the tools necessary to become a decent Championship marksman.
However, Thursday brought with it some potentially bad news. For the striker anyway, many fans will undoubtedly have been delighted.
The Bristol Post reported that Afobe was further along with his rehabilitation than was expected, with him now likely to make his return by March.
It is news that will surely add a lot more stress to Rodri.
With no goals to his name yet, he will be starting to feel the pressure to start firing or face the early chop and the dreaded footballing limbo once again.
Had Afobe been out until the end of the season, Rodri’s extended deal would most likely have been an inevitability, unless he started playing truly dreadfully.
The club may feel much more inclined to let him go now, knowing that it will only be two months until Afobe is back in the first-team.
It is a harsh world, but it could still prove to be the kick that Rodri needed.